(September 18, 2009)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073.

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Presents Stuart Diamond Oct 5-9

Stuart Diamond

SHREVEPORT, La.- Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Stuart Diamond will visit the Centenary College campus Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 9 and conduct classroom discussions and workshops with students, faculty and community members during his five-day stay.

A graduate (with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa) from Haverford College with a degree in music and philosophy, Diamond's career has covered a broad range of professions, including business leader, entrepreneur, producer, writer, journalist, composer, and musician. He is co-founder of Empowered Media, an Internet company creating original media, distribution strategies, and proprietary software.

While on the Centenary campus, he will be available to visit classes and to meet with groups of faculty and students. The topics he will be covering include:

  • The Internet
  • Creating new knowledge and business models in online environments
  • The impact of modern media on society
  • Finding integrity in art and business
  • Entrepreneurship-thriving in a corporate world
  • Writing as a means to understanding the world and making a living
  • The survival of the classical arts in a digital age
  • Electronic music; integrating art and technology.

On Friday, Oct. 9, Stuart will present a talk entitled, "Vision Quest: How to be True to Yourself or What Shall I Be When I Grow Up?" The presentation takes place from 6-8 p.m. at the Robinson Film Center and will be open for Centenary students, faculty, staff and friends of the College.

Stuart has produced corporate video presentations for both high-end corporate clients and television. His documentary, "Flight to Mars" was aired nationally. He authored "Empower Your Child", a tape presentation on incorporating multiple intelligence theory into teaching children. For two years he co-hosted the radio show, "Empowered Learning" on WNYE-FM. His extensive video production credits include Mattel Toys, Zenith, Emerson, Timex, Jensen, American Express, Ranch 1 Restaurants, The Army National Guard, Martin Marietta, Sounddesign, and Physicians Radio Network. He has also written and produced multimedia presentations for The Liberty Science Center, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and The Guggenheim Museum.

Stuart is also an accomplished composer and musician. His music is heard on numerous soundtracks for film and television, as well as concert stages worldwide. His ensemble, Electric Diamond, has been performing continuously since 1979. It is perhaps the only ensemble dedicated to presenting live classical electronic music concerts, with a repertoire covering a wide spectrum of music, from the Medieval to Baroque, and Romantic to Native American music, as well as original works. Through the years Diamond has developed a parallel career as a writer, authoring screenplays, novels, essays, poetry and documentaries for television.

For more information, visit http://www.centenary.edu/wilson or please contact Chris Ciocchetti at 318.869.5246 or email.

About the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program

Centenary is one of the oldest participants in the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program since bringing the first Fellow to campus in 1973. Woodrow Wilson Fellows are accomplished artists, scientists, businesspersons, and philanthropists who connect with faculty, students, and the community during their weeklong stay at Centenary. Students benefit from the Fellow by being able to discuss their personal plans, ambitions, and receive advice and encouragement from someone with extraordinary experience. Each visit makes a lasting impression on the campus, the students and all who take advantage of this opportunity.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.